Aishwarya turns 31By Subhash K. Jha, IANS
11/2/2004 12:00:00 AM
There has been much talk about the meeting between Wills Smith and Aishwarya Rai and how the famed Hollywood star offered her an international project. However Aishwarya's business manager, Hari Singh, gives a lowdown on the finer details of the meeting and what actually transpired. According to Singh, a grand welcome was hosted by Smith for Aishwarya at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where he and his team received her in warm cordiality. The meeting lasted a good one and a half hours and after the initial pleasantries, Smith sat down and gave Aishwaraya a detailed narration of the film's story after which he offered it to her. Recalls Singh, 'It is a fantastic story and Ash was absolutely delighted on hearing it. She was more than pleased to accept it.' He further reveals that the film will be made on par with some of the expensive Hollywood projects made in recent times. 'It is incomparable to the international films that Aishwarya has done so far,' Singh reveals.
At the end of the meeting Singh presented Smith with a brass idol of Lord Ganesha as a symbol of love from India and put a 'tilak' on his forehead which delighted the latter to no end. 'Oh it's Lord Ganesha', he remarked excitedly and held on to the idol for a long time. He was deeply touched by the gesture,' Singh recalls. Needless to add, both Aishwarya and Singh were overwhelmed by Smith's down-to-earth demeanor and his simplicity. 'It was great to discover the simple and unpretentious reaction of one of the world's best known actors. That's what great people are made of,' Singh says.